A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time being, a fun feature we are going to try out is This Day in Indians Minor League History. We will do some research and try to find some interesting or random box scores or information that happened in the Indians minor leagues on this particular day. We will try to make this a daily feature as long as we can find something to post other than just repeating items from the last few years to avoid too much repetitiveness. Hope you enjoy, stay well and hope we can get baseball back soon!

April 17 will be a bit of a mish-mosh as there weren’t any single games that stood out as worth going into great detail about, but there were few different stat lines and storylines that are worth mentioning, so enjoy a few different details about This Day in Indians Minor League History.

April 17, 2006

Buffalo Bison 10, Columbus Clippers 1

The then-AAA farm club of the Indians, Buffalo, got a five RBI day from 1B prospect Ryan Garko from three hits in the win. Future Indians OF Franklyn Gutierrez and SS Joe Inglett also collected three hits and OF Ben Francsico drove in two runs.

Earning the win for Buffalo was top Indians prospect at the time, Jeremy Sowers. Just a few months away from his MLB debut, Sowers struck out four in seven one run innings en route to his third straight win to start the season.

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April 17, 2010

Fort Wayne TinCaps 6, Lake County Captains 2

The Captains started the 2010 season with a nine game winning streak before dropping this contest to the TinCaps for their first loss of the season. It was a good start and finish for the Captains in 2010.

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April 17, 2012

Columbus Clippers 5, Indianapolis Indians 1

Little known pitching prospect Corey Kluber continued his great start to the 2012 campaign with seven strikeouts in six one run innings. Through three starts in 2012, Kluber was 3-0 pitching 16 innings with 25 strikeouts and six walks allowing five runs.

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April 17, 2013

Akron Aeros 10, Trenton Thunder 6

The Aeros got big offensive contributions from a lineup full of future MLB players – four hits from OF Tyler Holt including a homer, two hits from 20 year old second basemen Jose Ramirez, two hits and four RBI from Jesus Aguilar and two hits and two RBI from 3B Gio Urshela. 

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April 17, 2018

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Fredrick Keys 1

Fresh off a short 11 start rehab from Tommy John surgery in 2017, current LHP pitching prospect Sam Hentges continued his good start to 2018 with six innings of shutout baseball with 10 strikeouts and a walk. In 16 innings so far through 2018 to this point he had just allowed one earned run with 19 strikeouts and three walks.

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